So, the 4th of July is over (my puppy is relieved), my brain is no longer on fire, and I'm here on Writingforums looking for interaction with other writers and maybe some inspiration. I am looking forward to getting my reviews done so that I am able to put some work out for feedback and constructive criticism. That has helped me with some of my work here at home and going to other poetry groups.
I don't know why writers are afraid to put their work out there for critique. Is it fun? No, it's not fun asking for honest feedback because you aren't necessarily going to like what comes back to you. But when you get feedback, take all of it, the good and the bad. Take that information, not as God's honest truth, but as nuggets. Take those nuggets home, throw them in a basket, hold onto them. Take them out once in a while when you air out your poem, or just when you're not thinking about anything in particular. Let the back of your brain stew on it. For however long it takes. Then one day you'll have an urge to go back to that poem, or it will be time to make yourself sit down at the computer and dig it out. Start playing with lines, see what happens. Try out some of the suggestions.
I have been starting out with getting rid of common phrases, those are poetry killers. True. You want original work. So delete them. Reword them somehow, any way you can. Just make it different.
Anyway, I'm going to stop here. I'm starting to sound more like an instruction manual than a blog and this, is a blog, not a poetry-one-oh-one.
Well, enough for today. If you read this I hope you enjoyed my 'trant. Have a great weekend!